Ikamva has its home ground

2017-06-15 06:01
City of Cape Town Deputy Mayor Ian Nielson hands over the keys to Ikamva founder Siviwe Dlukwana.

City of Cape Town Deputy Mayor Ian Nielson hands over the keys to Ikamva founder Siviwe Dlukwana.

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After five years of offering tuition lessons at various schools in the township, Ikamva Labantwana now has a place to officially call home.

The organisation, which offers academic support to primary and high school learners, has finally moved into the old library building premised in the corner of Lansdowne and Sonwabile Drive in Crossroads.

The organisation took over the facility after the Crossroads Library was moved to the Philippi Village centre.

On Saturday, Ikamva held an official handover ceremony, where they will continue with their aim of educating young learners and giving work experience to matriculants.

According to founder and director Siviwe Dlukwana, the new home will afford them an opportunity to do more.

“I want to thank the City of Cape Town who supported our application to use these premises.

This will make sure that the facility continues to be a place of learning. Also, this is wonderful for us as we will be able to assist more learners in our programs in our very own classes,” he said.

The organisation was started by 19-year-old Dlukwana in 2012 with just 20 learners from Qingqa Primary School.

From that initial 20, he says, 13 enrolled at university and are now mentors and tutors in the organisation.

“We have 120 children that we assist with the academic studies in our facilities through after school classes.

We also have interns from the Western Cape Department of Education who work in Sikelela, Sigcawu and Mbasa Primary Schools, assisting the learners and teachers,” he explained.

Dlukwana said that he started the organisation after drawing from his own experience that there needed to be support for young learners in the area.

“Violence and crime robbed me of a brother who was very talented academically. I was lucky to receive a life changing scholarship to study at the Leap School. I then decided that more young people needed this kind of opportunity and support, so I started the classes,” he said.

He said that the facility will present new opportunities to help the community of crossroads.

“Now we have a hub where we can invite various departments that can come and offer services that can help the community.

There is also a huge number of matriculants that don’t get a Bachelor pass and often need to improve their results.

Now those are quite unaffordable so we are hoping to start that service to assist these guys,” he concluded.

City of Cape Town deputy mayor Ian Neilson said that despite Crossroads playing a pivotal part in the struggle against apartheid, the community is still struggling to overcome the legacy of the past.

He said that Ikamva Labantwana fulfilled a critically important function in Crossroads.

“Ikamva Labantwana has a proven track record, as they had been running this programme successfully since 2013, providing the students and residents of Crossroads with the skills to lift themselves out of poverty through education and employment,” he said.

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